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The Week in Weed: May 22, 2020

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

The news getting the most attention this week is the reopening of Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana shops, scheduled for May 25.  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the cannabis banking provisions in the latest stimulus bill, while state Attorneys General wrote a letter … Continue Reading

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

The news getting the most attention this week is the reopening of Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana shops, scheduled for May 25.  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) criticized the cannabis banking provisions in the latest stimulus bill, while state Attorneys General wrote a letter supporting them.  Arizona and Nebraska legalization efforts are hit by the pandemic.  And finally, you can now buy hemp at Petsmart.

massachusetts

As everyone knows, when COVID-19 hit, Massachusetts allowed medical dispensaries to remain open.  Recreational shops, however, had to close.  Now that the state is looking at a phase one reopening,  those shops would be able to offer curbside pickup, beginning on Monday, May 25.  Any spike in cases could cause a new shutdown.

cannabis banking

The marijuana industry was optimistic about the inclusion of the SAFE Banking Act in the HEROES bill last week.  This week, there’s rain on that parade.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly stated his strong opposition to the measure.  Although much of his criticism centers around a call for research into women and minority-owned businesses, it seems unlikely that cannabis banking will be part of any final legislation.

state attorneys general

Not everyone is on McConnell’s side in this matter.  Attorneys General from 34 states and territories sent a letter to Congressional leadership this week, detailing their support for cannabis banking.  Notably, the state of Kentucky was not among the signatories.  Among their concerns is the use of cash, which could place consumers and business owners in greater risk of exposure to the virus.

arizona

The Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative was deal a severe blow this week.  The state Supreme Court ruled that all signatures for ballot initiatives must be collected in person.  The group hoped to use e-signatures, due to COVID-19.

nebraska

Supporters of medical cannabis in Nebraska are also dealing with safety concerns.  They are practicing social distancing while collecting signatures in person.  They need 125,000 signatures before July 2.  Perhaps they could provide some pointers to their counterparts in Arizona.

and finally

If Rover or Spot is feeling his years, you can now purchase CBD products at PetSmart in several states.  For now, the hemp extract is available in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Tennessee, but there are plans to expand by the summer.

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily HeadlinesTuesday, February 2, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Three US senators announce plans for major federal marijuana reform (Marijuana Business Daily)// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bills Sail Though Committees As Key Friday Deadline Nears (Marijuana Moment)// Black entrepreneurs are underrepresented in Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry (Detroit Metro Times) These headlines […]

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Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Tuesday, February 2, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Three US senators announce plans for major federal marijuana reform (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Virginia Marijuana Legalization Bills Sail Though Committees As Key Friday Deadline Nears (Marijuana Moment)

// Black entrepreneurs are underrepresented in Michigan’s recreational marijuana industry (Detroit Metro Times)


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// Top Minnesota Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bill For 2021 (Marijuana Moment)

// West Virginia awards medical cannabis dispensary licenses many to MSOs (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Biden’s USDA Takes First Meeting With Hemp Industry To Learn About Market Needs (Marijuana Moment)

// Arizona’s new recreational cannabis firms see strong sales possible supply issues on horizon (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New Jersey Lawmakers Approve Clean-Up Marijuana Bill To Resolve Governor’s Underage Concerns (Marijuana Moment)

// Idaho Lawmakers Approve Resolution That Would Quash 2022 Marijuana Legalization Initiatives (Marijuana Moment)

// Oregon first U.S. state to decriminalize possession of hard drugs (CTV News (AP))

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Friday, January 29, 2021 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

Marijuana Today Daily HeadlinesFriday, January 29, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther // Arizona medical cannabis firms qualify for second grow permit regulators say (Marijuana Business Daily)// Top New York Lawmaker Says Pass Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Before Governor Negotiations (Marijuana Moment)// Pennsylvania Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In 2021 Priority List (Marijuana Moment) These […]

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Marijuana Today Daily Headlines
Friday, January 29, 2021 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// Arizona medical cannabis firms qualify for second grow permit regulators say (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Top New York Lawmaker Says Pass Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Bill Before Governor Negotiations (Marijuana Moment)

// Pennsylvania Governor Includes Marijuana Legalization In 2021 Priority List (Marijuana Moment)


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// Minnesota Governor Urges Lawmakers To Pursue Marijuana Legalization Amid Budget Talks (Marijuana Moment)

// California Marijuana Workers Can’t Get COVID Vaccine Answers As Maryland Prioritizes The Industry (Marijuana Moment)

// Michigan cannabis operator brings in $50 million from small investor offering (Marijuana Business Daily)

// TerrAscend Closes C$224 Million Capital Raise (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Marijuana software firm Agrify prices IPO to raise $54 million (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Ayr Strategies to Move Forward with $75 Million Arizona Cannabis Acquisition (New Cannabis Ventures)

// Top Pennsylvania Official Restores Marijuana Flag After GOP Lawmakers Allegedly Got It Removed (Marijuana Moment)

Check out our other projects:Marijuana Today— Our flagship title, a weekly podcast examining the world of marijuana business and activism with some of the smartest people in the industry and movement. • Marijuana Media Connect— A service that connects industry insiders in the legal marijuana industry with journalists, bloggers, and writers in need of expert sources for their stories.

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The Week in Weed: January 29, 2021

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Arizona has already started sales of adult-use marijuana.  In contrast, New Jersey still hasn’t passed legislation allowing sales.  Virginia is making progress on its legalization bill.  On the federal level, the USDA’s hemp rule may face a freeze.  Meanwhile, the FDA … Continue Reading

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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Arizona has already started sales of adult-use marijuana.  In contrast, New Jersey still hasn’t passed legislation allowing sales.  Virginia is making progress on its legalization bill.  On the federal level, the USDA’s hemp rule may face a freeze.  Meanwhile, the FDA withdrew its CBD guidance.  And finally, there’s weed in the City of London.

arizona

Recreational marijuana sales start today in Arizona, a mere three months after the state fully legalized.  Starting with existing medical marijuana dispensaries that have already been through a vetting process made the system more efficient than the years’ long process we’ve seen in other states.  Additional licenses are expected to be approved starting in the spring.

new jersey

In the Garden State, however, we have a completely different picture.  New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) and the legislature set to work on legislation to legalize back in November, but so far, have nothing to show for it.  Penalties for underage possession dominate the disagreement, and the impasse seems likely to end in a veto.

virginia

Meanwhile, in Virginia, a legalization bill passed the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services Subcommittee this week.  The bill now moves to additional committees, so we’re a long way from final passage.  The Governor’s goal is to establish legal sales in 2023.

usda hemp

As we reported last week, the USDA issued its final hemp rule.  As we also reported, new administrations sometimes take a second look at rules finalized in the waning days of previous administrations.  Although there is no official “freeze” on the hemp rules, they meet the standard for reopening the comment period.  For a look at the rules, see our take here.

fda & cbd

The FDA is facing the same scenario with its document on CBD.  It submitted guidance to the Office of Management and Budget last March, and the industry has been waiting for it to emerge ever since.  It appears the wait will continue, as the FDA officially withdrew the document, in light of the new administration’s instruction to pull pending rules.

and finally

City of London police discovered a cannabis factory set up next door to the Bank of England building in the heart of the City.  The presence of over 800 plants created a “strong smell of cannabis,” leading to the raid.  No word on what this might mean for cannabis banking!

Stay safe and be well everyone – we’ll see you next week!

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